2018 arts, culture and heritage grant program application deadline January 12

The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (built, natural and environmental) Grant program. Funding was approved by county council as part of the 2018 budget.

Last year, the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2018 commitment aligns with the county’s goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.

“We have tremendously creative and innovative entrepreneurs working in our arts and culture sectors who help drive tourism and support our local economy,”‘ said Gerry Marshall, county warden. “From galleries to cultural attractions to our world-class festivals and events, we have a thriving arts and culture sector and we look forward to supporting and advancin­g more projects and businesses in 2018.”

The vision of the grant program is to support and enhance the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Simcoe County through building organizational capability and sustainability in existing and new local cultural organizations; investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage; and encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships.

Applicants are asked to submit their Expression of Interest by Jan. 12. Applications will be accepted for three category streams: capacity building; projects; and sustainability. All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe grant program task force, consisting of county councillors with support from county staff.

The grant program will provide up to $200,000 which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region.

Further details, application guidelines and templates can be found at www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants.

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